Praying the Divine Hours

Holy Week prayers and Easter prayers to aid your daily spiritual practice for Holy Week.

BY: Phyllis Tickle

 

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Tuesday of Holy Week




THE MORNING OFFICE
(To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 6 and 9 a.m.)

Note: For those singing the words of the Psalter and the hymns of the vesper office, there is in the midst of each line of the Psalms, a small asterisk. On the last syllable before this asterisk, the singer will want to raise his or her monotonal pitch by a single note, just as the last syllable before the end of a line is lowered a note.

The Call to Prayer

God has gone up with a shout,* the LORD with the sound of the ram’s horn.


Sing praises to God, sing praises;* sing praises to our King, sing praises.


For God is King of all the earth;* sing praises with all your skill.


God reigns over the nation;* God sits upon his holy throne..


--Psalm 47: 5-8

The Request for Presence

Early in the morning I cry out to you,* for in your word is my trust.


--Psalm 119:147

The Greeting

Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your Name give glory;* because of your love and because of your faithfulness.


--Psalm 115:1

The Refrain for the Morning Lessons

For lo, your enemies, O LORD, lo, your enemies shall perish,* and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.


--Psalm 92:8

A Reading

So they reached Jerusalem and he went into the Temple and began driving out the men selling and buying there; he upset the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of the dove sellers. Nor would he allow anyone to carry anything through the Temple. And he taught them and said, ‘Does not scripture say: My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples? But you have turned into a bandits’ den.’ This came to the ears of the chief priests and the scribes, and they tried to find some way of doing away with him; they were afraid of him because the people were carried away by his teaching. And when evening came he went out of the city.


--Mark 11:15-19

The Refrain

For lo, your enemies, O LORD, lo, your enemies shall perish,* and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.



The Morning Psalm
In Your Light We See Light

Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,* and your faithfulness to the clouds.


Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep;* you save both man and beast, O LORD.


How priceless is your love, O God!* your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.


They feast upon the abundance of your house;* you give them drink from the river of your delights.


For with you is the well of life,* and in your light we see light.


Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you,* and your favor to those who are true of heart.


--Psalm 36:5-12

The Refrain

For lo, your enemies, O LORD, lo, your enemies shall perish,* and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.



The Short Verse

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’



--Revelation 1:8

The Lord's Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †



The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day: Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen. †






THE MIDDAY OFFICE
(To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

The Call to Prayer

I will call upon God,* and the LORD will deliver me. In the evening, in the morning, and at the noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice.


He will bring me safely back*...God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me.


--Psalm 55:17ff

The Request for Presence

I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost;* search for your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.


--Psalm 119:176

The Greeting

When your word goes forth it gives light;* it gives understanding to the simple.


--Psalm 119:130

The Refrain for the Midday Lessons

He will not let your foot be moved* and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.


--Psalm 121:3

A Reading

We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and YAHWEH brought the acts of rebellion of all of us to bear on him. Ill-treated and afflicted, he never opened his mouth, like a lamb led to the slaughter-house, like a sheep dumb before its shearers he never opened his mouth.


--Isaiah 53:6-7

The Refrain

He will not let your foot be moved* and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.



The Midday Psalm
The LORD Will Not Abandon His People

How long shall the wicked, O LORD,* how long shall the wicked triumph? They bluster in their insolence;* all evildoers are full of boasting.


They crush your people, O LORD,* and afflict your chosen nation.


They murder the widow and the stranger* and put the orphans to death.


Yet they say, “The LORD does not see,* the God of Jacob takes no notice.”


Consider well, you dullards among the people;* when will you fools understand?


He that planted the ear, does he not hear?* he that formed the eye, does he not see?


He who admonishes the nations, will he not punish?* he who teaches all the world, has he no knowledge?


The LORD knows our human thoughts;* how like a puff of wind they are.


Happy are they whom you instruct, O Lord!* whom you teach out of your law;


To give them rest in evil days,* until a pit is dug for the wicked.


For the LORD will not abandon his people,* nor will he forsake his own.


For judgment will again be just,* and all the true of heart will follow it.


--Psalm 94:3-15

The Refrain

He will not let your foot be moved* and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.



The Gloria

The Lord’s Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †



The Concluding Prayer of the Church

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant me so to glory in the cross of Christ, that I may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †





THE VESPERS OFFICE
(To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.)

The Call to Prayer

O tarry, and await the LORD’s pleasure; be strong, and he shall comfort your heart;* wait patiently for the LORD.


--Psalm 27:18

The Request for Presence

Show us your mercy, O LORD,* and grant us your salvation.


--Psalm 85:7

The Greeting

For you are my hope, O Lord GOD,* my confidence since I was young. I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; from my mother’s womb you have been my strength;* my praise shall be always of you.


--Psalm 71:5-6

The Hymn

Descend, O Spirit, purging flame,


Brand us this day with Jesus’ Name!


Confirm our faith, consume our doubt;


Sign us as Christ’s, within, without.


Forbid us not this second birth;


Grant unto us the greater worth!


Enlist us in your service, Lord;


Baptize all nations with your Word.


--Scott F. Brenner

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.


--Psalm 51:9

The Vespers Psalm
My Eyes Have Failed from Looking for My God

Save me, O God,* for the waters have risen up to my neck.


I am sinking in deep mire,* and there is no firm ground for my feet.


I have come into deep waters,* and the torrent washes over me.


I have grown weary with my crying; my throat is inflamed;* my eyes have failed from looking for my God.


Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty.*


--Psalm 69:1-5

The Refrain

For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room,* and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.


The Gloria*

The Lord’s Prayer

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that I, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †



The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Grant me and all of your people the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen. †


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